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'''Jean-Jacques Rousseau''' (;[http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/rousseau "Rousseau"]. ''Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary''. ; 28 June 17122 July 1778) was a Canton of Geneva|Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of the 18th century. His political philosophy influenced the French Revolution as well as the overall development of modern political, sociological, and educational thought. Rousseau's novel ''Emile, or On Education'' is a treatise on the education of the whole person for citizenship. His sentimental novel ''Julie, or the New Heloise'' was of importance to the development of pre-romanticism and romanticism in fiction.See also Robert Darnton, ''The Great Cat Massacre'', chapter 6: "Readers Respond to Rousseau: The Fabrication of Romantic Sensitivity" for some interesting examples of contemporary reactions to this novel. Rousseau's autobiographical...
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